2021-22 Faculty Fellows
Mentor Teacher: Carly Schneider
Upper School English, Soccer, Cheer, Lacrosse
Current Title: Faculty Fellow at Franklin Road Academy
Maddi Devey was delighted to begin her teaching career at Franklin Road Academy in 9th and 10th grade English with Carly Schneider. As the daughter of two educators, Maddi grew up on an independent school campus in New England. She attended Millbrook, a co-ed boarding school in upstate New York, before pursuing a degree at Gettysburg College. As an English major with minors in Education, Religious Studies, and Peace and Justice Studies, Maddi was also a collegiate cheerleader, campus tour guide, lifeguard, and served numerous positions in her sorority. She looked forward to coaching girls’ soccer, middle school cheerleading, and girls’ lacrosse as well as assist in the Office of Admission in the spring. Maddi comes from a long line of teachers and is excited to pave her own path through education.
“I enjoyed the relationships that I cultivated with my students, advises, and teams the most! Interacting with students on a daily basis and providing them a safe space to grow into the individuals God created them to be has been my absolute favorite part of my experience. The biggest strength of the fellows program is the ability for fellows to be integrated right away into the FRA community. I felt like I was part of the team from the beginning! Whether it was coaching, working with my department, or helping with convocation, I felt like I was making tangible contributions to my work community."
Mentor Teacher: Hayden Copeland & Addrian Frederick
Middle School Religion and Upper School Wellness Performance Fitness
Current Title: LIFE and Strength and Conditioning Instructor at Nashville Chritian School
James Morrison was excited to serve as a faculty fellow in both the middle and upper school. In the middle school, he taught religion alongside of Hayden Copeland and in the upper school, he taught performance fitness alongside of Addrian Frederick. James is originally from Horse Shoe, North Carolina, where he attended West Henderson High School. James attended the University of South Carolina where he earned a degree in Hospitality and Sports Management. He was active in college serving as the manager for the men’s basketball team as well as the founder and president of the men’s club basketball team. In his free time, James loves to run, bike, attend sporting events, try new restaurants/coffee shops, and serve the church and the local urban communities. He was excited to be back in Nashville and learn about teaching at FRA!
"When I reflect on my fellow experience, I think about how much I grew from beginning to end and how much I was able to learn about working in a school environment and teaching. I came into my fellowship without experience in the education world and left with skills, knowledge, and confidence to move on to a full-time teaching role. I am thankful to my mentor teachers who poured into me and allowed me to grow. I would recommend the fellowship program to anyone wanting to see if working in a school system is for them. Being a faculty fellow at Franklin Road Academy helped me identify areas that needed growth and afforded me the experience necessary to build a strong skillset!"
Mentor Teacher: Mary Sentell
Lower School First Grade
Current Title: Kindergarten Teacher at Franklin Road Academy
Karley Whitehead was delighted to work alongside Mary Sentell as a Faculty Fellow in the lower school teaching first grade. Outside of the classroom, Karley worked with the volleyball, basketball, and softball teams. Karley is originally from the Nashville area and graduated from McGavock High School. She attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she earned a degree in Elementary Education and English as a Second Language. In college, she was actively involved with her sorority, Chi Omega, serving as the Director of Sisterhood as well as being involved with Kappa Delta Pi and various intramural sports. Outside of school, Karley loves traveling, spending time with family and friends, reading, and being outside.
"Being a faculty fellow allowed me to grow in many different ways. I learned the importance of being involved in school (and across divisions) to make lasting relationships with students. I loved my experience because it has helped shape who I am as an educator. Working alongside Mary Sentell in the classroom was a joy every day; I learned so much from her and will always be grateful for my time with her. I learned the importance of time management and the importance of being vulnerable with my coworkers. I love FRA and spending every day with the best people!"